Community Programs & Services

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Cities, townships and counties in the seven-county area are required by the Metropolitan Land Planning Act to prepare comprehensive plans for the future of their communities. These plans show how the community will meet its needs in the coming years for transportation facilities, wastewater service, natural resource protection, parks and housing. 

The Council helps communities meet the state requirements as they plan for the future. The Council provides information and assistance to coordinate communities’ comprehensive plans with regional transportation, wastewater and park systems and other regional policies. 

Council staff 

  • Coordinate review of local comprehensive land use plans and environmental documents 
  • Provide professional planning and technical assistance 
  • Offer cities assistance for implementing local plans and programs, and help in resolving issues  

Resources for communities

The Council provides communities with a hefty tool kit to help them plan their future. The tools include: 

  • Local Planning Handbook 
  • Staff support from sector representatives and technical staff>
  • Forms, templates & worksheets 
  • Guide for Transit-Oriented Development
  • Customized 'system statements' for each community
  • Community profiles with demographic, housing and other data.

Details about these tools are available on the Planning Assistance Resources page.

Support, resources, coordination

In addition to providing planning assistance, the Council: